2002 was going to be when NaN started Blender 3, with a “new architecture”, and personally it’s been apparent parts of Blender were going to need rewriting (for multiprocessors and multi screens mainly). My feeling is that the community might be able to put something together, preferably with ex-NaN, and with the amazing work from the Dynamica lot it could be good (if they can be persuaded!) The big point being it would reflect what people want to do (which i get the feeling is animation!)
We just need some organising (ie break down the massive task into reasonable lumps).
I know this isn’t exactly optimistic about NaN’s future (and i am sad about it), but i was here before. I do hope they get back on track, but the task ahead maybe a biggie.